asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether, in view of the national importance of home-grown hard woods, he can now say what financial assistance and priorities in labour, fencing and materials, will be given to growers whose prime beech, oak and ash have been requisitioned by the Ministry of Supply, resulting in devastated woodlands, and who are willing to replant.
Proposals, including financial assistance, for the rehabilitation of private woodlands are under consideration by the Government. The Forestry Commissioners anticipate that when the state of the war permits an adequate allocation of labour and materials will be made for implementing an approved policy.
May I ask if the Government are considering the fact that many of these destroyed woodlands were in industrial districts and that consequently they provided great amenity as well as being of value to the community?